After at least five years with Nordic, our “five-year club” consultants have seen a lot – and they want to share their wisdom with those who are newer to the field. Here, 10 of our tenured consultants give their best advice for newer consultants to succeed in a challenged, fast-paced healthcare environment.
The case for investing in women is strong. Research shows that companies with robust female leadership experience lower turnover, greater return on investment, and collectively higher IQ. Female leaders score high on innovation, communication, and methodology in the workplace.
For anyone who has worked with strong women, these metrics probably seem obvious. You might even question why, in 2017, we need to advocate for women in the workforce. And yet the data shows that we have a long way to go.
Choosing a consulting company can feel a little bit like online dating. From their online presence, every company seems like it could be a match: easy-going, successful, and open to whatever makes you happy. But you know from experience that not all companies look the same behind closed doors as they do on paper – so how do you tell the difference?
"They say on your deathbed, you never wish you’d spent more time at the office, but I will. Got to be a lot better than a deathbed.” – Michael Scott, The Office
We’re hesitant to identify too strongly with Michael Scott, but when it comes to this sentiment, we agree. When you work with amazing people on interesting things, it’s easy to love coming to work every day. Our culture is the reason we get consistently great reviews on Glassdoor — and why we’re on multiple industry lists of best places to work.
If you’re wondering what it’s like to work at Nordic — or you already work here and want that warm, fuzzy feeling — check out our videos below.
"To do more for the world than the world does for you – that is success," Henry Ford once said.
We strive to embody that idea every day by helping our client partners improve their organizations and their patients' experiences. We also strive to give back to the communities that have contributed to our success. That sentiment could be found at the heart of Nordic's fifth annual Community Giveback Week, which took place last week. Highlighting the week were events across our hometown of Madison and six more regional sites across the country, three more than 2016.
With the amount of good fortune we’ve experienced at Nordic over the past seven years, we recognize the importance of giving back and investing in the future of the communities in which we live and work. With that in mind, Winnie Karanja, founder and executive director of Maydm, was a great choice to address the home office in Madison and kick off Nordic’s fifth annual Community Giveback Week.
As Nordic consultants, we share a common drive to help our customers deliver improved patient care through adoption of new technologies and processes. Beyond our work with customers, we also share a commitment to improving the communities where we work, live, and play. True to Nordic’s maxim, “Be You,” each of us may uniquely define how we impact our communities based on our own individual experiences, passions, and beliefs.
If you have the chance to walk around Nordic’s home office in Madison and stumble upon our marketing team, you’ll notice an “Everyday’s a Holiday” calendar hanging on our wall. Most mornings, the team gathers around the calendar to see what we plan to celebrate. When looking ahead to March, I noticed that “International Women’s Day” (IWD) wasn’t listed. I channeled my inner Sheryl Sandberg, asked why “Proof Reading Day” took precedence, and sought to understand more about IWD.
Tackling women’s issues is a big job. So, IWD recommends that we (men and women alike) focus on gender parity within our own spheres of influence. This year’s campaign, #BeBoldForChange, encourages us to find ways to cultivate an inclusive environment, challenge bias, promote gender-balanced leadership, and value the contributions of men and women equally in our day-to-day lives. (Photo below: Just some of our amazing Nordic women.)
As women in a male-dominated field, there are small and large actions that will create an impact on our company’s cultures, our professional development, and personal growth:
Three years back, if you had asked the team what Nordic does, most would have said we’re the largest Epic consulting firm on the planet or that we have “the best depth, breadth, and quality in the industry.” Our client partners knew that if they had a talent need, we were the go-to source.
At Nordic, we place a high value on supporting the communities in which we live and work through volunteerism and charitable giving. Over the past year, we’ve developed a corporate social responsibility committee with the goal of responsible and charitable giving under the focus of preventative health to include the following pillars: hunger, education, and empowerment. In the true spirit of our maxim “Grow. Teach,” we recently hosted a number of events in the home office to raise awareness about Nordic’s culture of philanthropy.